Athlete of the Month (March) – Hattie Johnson

Hattie is a rockstar mom of three and former Olympic athlete.  She’s responsible for corralling daily her two boys Lawson and Clayton and her daughter, CFBF kiddo athlete, Jenavee.  She was also an Olympic shooter who unknowingly brought Jenavee to the Olympics in 2004–she competed in the Olympics with little Jenavee in her STOMACH!  Hattie recently suffered a stroke but she’s not letting that stop her!  Her mom-strength and determination have been evident throughout her recovery.  She always comes in ready to work with an amazing attitude and that is why she is our March Athlete of the Month.  Please join us in congratulating Hattie and read more about her journey below.

CFBF Athlete of the Month (March) – Hattie Johnson

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background? 

My journey with fitness really started in High School. I had a really cool gym teacher that started a weight lifting class. The girls in the class didn’t want to “get bulky” so I lifted with the boys. I would work so hard in that class and when the boys would yell for me to spot them I felt so honored…..I still hold the girls bench press record!

Why Did You Join CFBF?

We moved to NH almost two years ago and every time I would pass CFBF on the highway its like it called my name (lol). I missed the gym I came form in North Carolina so much. It was a small functional fitness gym that concentrated on kettlebells and barbell work. It was more than a gym though, it was my family and my tribe. So, I decided to get brave and reach out to CFBF (WOW, I was going to try CrossFit!!) A meeting was scheduled and BAM, I got the pleasure of working out with the early birds. From that day, I could tell it was a special place and would be the place for me; I really should say my family.

Most Memorable WOD?

The most memorable for me was Festivus because I got to share that moment with Jenavee. BEST teammate EVER!

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

This is a tough one for me. I’m going to go with the clean and jerk.

Biggest Challenge? 

PULL-UPS. There will be a very serious taco party the day I get those darn things!!

Biggest Improvement?

Over all core strength, endurance and mental toughness!

Who is Your Superhero?

Truthfully, any woman of any age who is chasing down her dreams. There is such a bright light that shines from them that its contagious and inspiring!

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I was a 2004 Olympian for rifle shooting while I was in the Army. I found out I was pregnant with Jenavee two weeks before I flew out to compete in Athens Greece!

What Most Special About CFBF?

There are seriously so many special things about CFBF. The camaraderie and pride are unlike any place I’ve been. When you can be in EMS next door during Friday night lights and hear the cheering coming through the walls…seriously, who else has that much team spirit and support!?

Any Advice for New Members?

Don’t be afraid to try CrossFit. Forget about your age, forget about how in or out of shape you feel, forget about the fact that you might feel intimidated, forget about the fact that you might have physical limitations because guess what, there is a place for you at CFBF. I’m not going to tell you it will be easy because it will definitely challenge you. I want you to remember this though, when you are doing a WOD and you are really feeling challenged, pause for just a second and know that the person to your left and right, front and back are feeling the exact same thing as you because they are all pushing their own limits and the WOD wont last forever.  You can do anything for 3,5,7,10,12,15,20 minutes!

Athlete of the Month (March) – Chet Ersoy

Congratulations to Chet for being named our March Athlete of the Month!  His positive attitude and dedication are two major ingredients to his success!  He’s a joy to coach and a great member of the CFBF family.  We look forward to seeing his smiling face everyday at 5am!

CFBF Athlete of the Month (March) – Chet Ersoy

What’s Your Athletic/Fitness Background?  

I wasn’t really active throughout my teenage years. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties when I took up running and started going to the gym. 

Why Did You Join CFBF?

I’ve heard about CrossFit from podcasts I was listening to and then saw the games on TV.  I was also getting tired of the “typical” gym scene.   I always wanted to try CrossFit, and luckily I had a gift card to CFBF that I could use toward first month of my membership.

Most Memorable WOD?

All of the hero workouts I’ve done last year, in honor of our fallen heroes. “1775” U.S. Army’s Birthday Workout was the most remarkable. 

Favorite CrossFit Movement?

Squat Cleans

Biggest Challenge?

I have many…I am currently working on my kipping pull-ups and double-unders, snatch is next. 

Biggest Improvement?

Handstand push-ups.  From hardly getting into inverted position, to do a few kipping handstand push-ups, I feel I have come a long way.

Who is Your Superhero?

Coach Bryant, although it was a tough pick among other coaches, Addie and Chris.  As I walk in the door at 5:00 AM in the morning, it is very common to see Bryant finishing the WOD already.  There is no doubt he puts max effort into all his workouts.  The movements look so easy and effortless when Bryant demonstrates them, yet they are so difficult when I try.  He’s a terrific coach and an invincible athlete.

Fun Fact about Yourself?

I had long curly hair and played the bass guitar in a rock band during my college years.  We never became popular, but we had great time!

What Most Special About CFBF?

It’s definitely the atmosphere.  All CrossFitters at CFBF are super-friendly.  Coaches are well informed, offer lots of progressions for all movements, and most of all, they are connected with athletes on a personal level.

Any Advice for New Members?

Come to the “box” as often as you can and practice. High-skilled movements may seem intimidating at first, but as you practice, you’ll see a big difference over the next few months. Coaches are extremely patient and always there to help you attain the correct form.